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As a member of the AIA, I am NOT pleased with the support of the political ideology for all buildings to be NET zero by code adoption of the IECC. While I agree many innovations have come from research and development, I am not in support of weaponizing the Building Safety Codes to implement this wasteful strategy. It far more appropriate to apply natural life cycle replacement strategies and incentives . The forced compliance for ALL Buildings to be net carbon ZERO in the permit process and increased tightening of the codes has led to unintended results in most communities.
The unintended consequences of the weaponizing Building Codes are clear---This practice needs to stop.
Wayne Swan AIA President
INTERTECH Architectural Interiors, Inc
6089 E Grant Road
Tucson Arizona 85712
Richard Becker AIA, LEED APBecker Architects Ltd595 Elm Place, Ste 225Highland Park IL 60035847.433.6600 x 111847.641.3395 mobileBeckerArchitects.com
Richard Becker AIA, LEED AP
Becker Architects Ltd595 Elm Place, Ste 225Highland Park IL 60035
847.433.6600 x 111847.641.3395 mobile
www.drroyspencer.com------------------------------Donald Wardlaw AIA
And then there's the scientific perspective that actually measures current data, compares it to past data, and has a nearly perfect predictive record:https://electroverse.net/professor-valentina-zharkova-breaks-her-silence-and-confirms-super-grand-solar-minimum/?fbclid=IwAR3T1Wcczqk0EZMvZymlJj0M5RLqYwHYa2vDhrwGAO8euhqu7uRXvtGwuVAGlad I live in Southern California so my great-grand-kids will eventually have a nice winter home... ;-)
Dr. Judith Curry is good one to refer to as well:
The "climate change" hysteria is bad science at best, and a political canard of global proportions at worst.
Individual Architects are free to hitch their professional reputation on this political issue or not, to serve their clients as they see fit.The AIA, on the other hand, has NO place doing this on its or its membership's behalf as a whole, using our dues to in anyway take a side in what is a political battle at the expense of its core mission of *serving the needs of our profession.*
Agreed. Well said!!
Frank H. Radey, AIA, LEEDap
www.radeyassociates.com100 Haddontowne Ct.Cherry Hill, NJ 08034T: 856-428-5503F: 856-429-5775
Whole-heartedly agree with the original post: not pleased.
AIA is the Architect's association; lobby for our PROFESSION, the things that directly affect it and our ability to practice it freely and lucratively.Let the politicians hash out the politics of their own schemes like "climate change".
"97% of scientists are in agreement that Global Warming is real and happening now."
"Scientists from all over the world are warning us of the dangers of a changing climate and they have concluded that the change is due to human activity rather than natural planetary cycles of warming and cooling."
No. Factually and categorically to both statements
a) "Global Warming" <> "Climate Change.
Most climate scientists and climatologists would agree that we appear to be in an overall period of warming that began about 700 years ago.
b) After that, almost NO scientific consensus exists, with quite a bit citing pretty solid evidence CO2 is a lagging marker not a causal element.
"The last international report was full of graphs and charts that looked pretty convincing to me. "
Pretty pictures of predictive modelling is the only way to gloss over the weak to non-existent factual evidence and support the political narrative over the scientific one without seeming to do so.
"We are trying to save human civilization."
When the cure is worse for mankind than even the worst-case disease they fear, any rational mind must take pause and question what's going on. Two Nobel prizes in economics were awarded to economists who proved this.
Logically speaking, on the "climate change" issue, rather than spend $100T to "do our part" to control a climate 2/3 of the world (China, India, Russia) are NOT even going to bother with to not even result in 0.5deg cooling and with no guarantee that will do ANYTHING for global warming... why not simply accept that the planet is warming for whatever reason and re-tool to build adaptably for a world economy that still has $99T left to spend on other things FAR more troublesome to mankind like disease, famine, poverty.
But ultimately, and to the OP: NONE of that has to do with what the AIA is here to do: support our profession and us as professionals working in it. Let those who want to get into the politics of anything else do so on their own dime and time.